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Alice F. Obrecht, won prizes for plants

Alice F. Obrecht, whose decorative plants won prizes at the Anne Arundel County and state fairs, died of circulatory disease Tuesday at the Meridian Nursing Center-Severna Park. The Severna Park resident was 81.

Services for the former Alice F. Minor were held Friday.

Her husband, Charles F. Obrecht, a lawyer, died in 1975. She is survived by a daughter, Anne O. Shreve of Butler; two sons, Charles F. Obrecht Jr. of Severna Park and George F. Obrecht III of Millersville; a brother, John E. Minor of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and six grandchildren.

Frances Mills Barksdale, 94, Social Security examiner

Frances Mills Barksdale, 94, a retired Social Security Administration examiner and former Red Cross Gray Lady, died Sept. 23 of pneumonia at the Fairhaven Retirement Community. She lived for many years in the Baltimore's Mount Vernon area.

A memorial service is being planned. Survivors include a sister, Mary Elizabeth Cook of New Freedom, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews.

W. Walter Ball Child, retired office designer

W. Walter Ball Child, a retired office designer and furniture salesman, died Sept. 23 of cancer at the Joseph Richey Hospice in Baltimore. He was 85. Mr. Child, who lived in Linthicum Heights, retired in 1979 after 15 years with Stofberg Brothers. Earlier, he worked for other furniture and department stores.

The Baltimore native attended City College and Glen Burnie High School and studied art in a correspondence program with the Art Institute of Chicago. He served in the Army Air Force during World War II and was a former president of the St. John's Lutheran Church Council in Linthicum Heights. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. today at St. John's Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Ave. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Mildred Rebecca Sullivan; a son, Bill Child of Linthicum; a daughter, Walta C. Rule of Littlestown, Pa.; a sister, Edythe Child Latham of Harwood; two brothers, Jack E. Child of Riverside, Calif., and Howard Paxton Child of Colorado Springs; and four grandchildren.

Robert L. Middleton, 31, chef at family-owned bar

Robert L. Middleton, former chef at a Govans bar owned by his parents, died Tuesday of acquired immune deficiency syndrome at St. Francis Hospital in Trenton, N.J. He was 31.

He had worked at the popular Swallow at the Hollow in the 5900 block of York Road from 1985 to 1989 before returning to Morris County, N.J.

Mr. Middleton was raised in Mount Tabor, N.J., and graduated from Parsippany High School in 1982.

He learned cooking from his father, the late Gary Middleton, a gourmet cook and an actor.

The younger Mr. Middleton began his professional career as an apprentice and employee at New Jersey restaurants.

Services are private.

Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Martin R. Clarke of Baltimore; two brothers, James M. Middleton of Panama City, Fla., and Christopher R. Middleton of Grovetown, Ga.; a sister, Kelly B. Middleton of Baltimore; a paternal grandmother, Margaret Middleton of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a maternal grandmother, Shirley LeMaitre of Towson; several nieces and nephews; and a friend, Brian McAllister of Florida.

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